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Post by Ponee on Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:31 am









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http://blog.zagat.com/2013/04/could-iraq-become-eco-tourism.html

By Colleen ClarkOnce known as the Cradle of Civilization, the marshlands of southern Iraq were drained by Saddam Hussein in 1991 as punishment for inhabitants who opposed him. But the eco-system and its wildlife have begun to rebound, according to the Telegraph. Conservationist Azzam Alwash of Nature Iraq hopes the return of water buffalo, pygmy cormorants, otters and colorful bird species as well as the culture of its water-dwelling inhabitants will bring tourists to the area. The engineer fled the country under Hussein's rule but returned in 2008 to spearhead the restoration of the marshes, efforts that won him the Goldman Prize (aka the Oscars of environmental work). Hinterland Travel currently offers day trips to the region, but Alwash eventually forsees floating eco-hotels and tours with local Marsh Arabs provided the country's security situation improves. What do you think? Would you visit the region now?

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Post by Lil Sister on Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:34 am

actually sounds wonderful and a unique experience, but I for one would not want to go. I am actually afraid that if this RV's, I will have to go there to get my money out of warka.
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Post by SEBtopdog on Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:17 pm

It would be wonderful if Iraq could draw some eco-tourism to their marsh region. If the people there began to see their personal economies improve, it would be a real source of pride for them. And they would then be inclined to improve their stewardship of the natural resources.

Alas, no I would not be traveling there; but I do hope others will.

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